Monday, July 28, 2014

Dry Wells and Open Doors

We've had a drought. 
No rain, just lightening, nearly all summer.
Our grass is brown and parched.

Our well went completely dry a few days ago. 
Nothing trickled in. 

Today the sky opened up and a deluge of rain poured down.

Puddled up.
The ground drank it up, gulp, by gulp.

Lightening cracks the sky and thunder shakes the earth!

Eyes get wide and hearts pound.

We sit under blankets on couches.

Lights flicker.

Addie asked Allan, "Was this like the rain in Uganda?"

He said yes.

She said, "How did you stay safe?"

Allan says, "We would go to a big house all together... but we'd always leave the door open, in case there were people passing by who needed to be safe too."

I stop him. Ask him to repeat that part... 

I ask, "So anyone would come in and take shelter with the family?"

He said, "Yes, anyone could come in and be safe. The door was left open. Sometimes people would ask to come in."

I tear up.

I think, "That is what was done for me... A door was left open, so that I could enter in and be safe."

"Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:19-25

Thank you God for rain.
Thank you more for open doors inviting safety and shelter.
Your story is full of opened doors, swung wide and left hanging on hinges.
Your Son is an open door... a gate of entrance to a pasture of peace.

"I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture." John 10:9

Thank you for daily sharing your Gospel with me... my soul is as dry as our well, your grace fills it up to overflowing!  You faithfully share your truth with this mama through the rememberings of a 7 year old little boy, things that happened a world away. Your are the living God!

"Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord." Psalm 118:19

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